Localife St. John’s

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Our next event

Kelly is planning the next event. Email localifestjohns@youngadultcancer.ca to stay in the loop!

 

News

Localife St. John’s took on the Funderdome (May 1, 2018)

Localife St. John’s brings good luck to local basketball team? (March 20, 2018)

It’s been sweet (December 1, 2017)

Axin’ it up! (July 25, 2017)

Havin’ a time (June 29, 2016)

Localife St. John’s goes to the movies (November 2, 2015)

Localife St. John’s meets mad scientist on quest to cure cancer (August 24, 2015)

Localife St. John’s had a laugh at their first event! (April 14, 2015)

 

Leader bios

Kelly Knee

Hi! My name is Kelly Knee and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 35. I am now 38 and still cancer free, hoping to keep it that way FOREVER.

I am a full time single mother of five wonderful and very supportive boys, all 12 and under. They are the lights of my life that keep me grounded and thankful with each breath I take.

I blog in my spare time about my journey with cancer and beyond (read more here). I also recently started a small at-home business of making sea glass jewellery and designs. Along with this small business, I have started a program called “Sea For Cancer.”

Cancer has changed so many areas of my life. I have made a complete transformation and I am inspired to spend my free time helping and putting smiles on faces that need it the most (sometimes my children participate in those activities as well). This is why I am so grateful to be working with YACC through Localife. I want to share the simple joys in life, and the big joys, too. Localife will give me the opportunity to meet and become friends with some very bright and fantastic humans.

I think this is going to be a wonderful and fulfilling adventure—let’s get started!

 

Stephanie Lushman

Hello! I’m Stephanie! I’m from St. John’s and I was diagnosed with AML in February 2016. I was 31 and living and teaching ESL in South Korea for almost a decade. It was a really terrible time and having to quickly uproot myself from the life I made and loved was incredibly heartbreaking. Going though treatment was really tough, and being unable to work and travel, and having to move back in with my parents in my 30s after having so much freedom and independence has really been a struggle.

I’m happy to say that I’ve been in remission since the summer of 2016! I’m 34 now and still picking up the pieces and working on making a life for myself here. It’s sometimes still really challenging, but I’m working through it!

I currently work at a daycare in the city, primarily working in an after-school program, but I love working with kids of all ages. In my spare time, I watch movies and television, and I love Archie Comics (I’m a lifelong Jughead geek!). I love learning about different cultures as well as local traditions (I studied Social Cultural Anthropology and Folklore at MUN). I also volunteer teaching ESL and I enjoy trying all the plant-based food in the city!

Getting connected to YACC has been such a blessing in so many ways. Since I lived away for so many years, there are so many things about this city that I don’t know about, and it’s been great so far getting to explore with other Localifers. I’m so excited to be able to help foster new connections though our Localife!